First Look at Sheppard Robson's 750-home PRS scheme in Leeds
22nd May 2019
Sheppard Robson has submitted plans to Leeds City Council for a five-acre, residential neighbourhood comprising more than 750 homes for rent. For the UK's Get Living PLC, the £180m residential neighborhood - located in the South Bank area of Leeds - will unlock the potential of a redundant but highly-visible waterfront site and support the ongoing expansion of the city centre.
The application proposes eight residential buildings and a new Hub building linked by a series of new public spaces, overlooking the canalside. This includes restaurant space, with co-working space positioned above offering a workplace destination for small and emerging businesses, which will activate the ground floor and streetscape.
The design - characterised by use of brick - is formed of a family of residential buildings including a 23-storey tower and a series of mid-rise buildings and provides 783 homes for rent, including studios and 1-, 2-, 3-bedroom apartments, as well as family townhouses. This more granular approach allows for new pockets of public realm to be created in-between the buildings, with these spaces brought to life by a range of amenities – such as food stores, retails units, a gym as well as rooftop terraces and private gardens.
The professionally managed Build to rent homes are designed specifically for renting and can help alleviate housing shortages in city centres, with homes typically brought to the market and occupied more quickly than in for-sale developments.
Rick de Blaby, Executive Chairman, Get Living said: "The housing shortage in the UK needs no introduction and we know from our own research that there is a demand for high quality and professionally-managed rental homes in safe, well-maintained neighbourhoods.
“We have listened carefully to local people to create these ambitious plans for a new green neighbourhood and we’re particularly excited that proposal would see us opening up the site to the waterfront and creating new public routes along this stretch of the canalside.”